Egyptians head to the polls, rethink religion and politics

 

[Common Ground News Service] Washington, DC – As Egyptians head to the polls this week to elect their next president, what are they looking for? While Western media focus on the role of religious parties and worry about unrest, a University of Maryland poll released 21 May at the Brookings Institution shows Egyptians are looking toward a more nuanced model for religion and politics – and that there are reasons to be optimistic about Egypt’s political transition.

Introducing the findings of the 2012 Public Opinion Survey in Egypt, conducted 4-10 May ahead of the Egyptian presidential debate, principal investigator Shibley Telhami, Senior Fellow at Brookings and the Anwar Sadat Professor for Peace and Development at the University of Maryland, identified presidential candidates Abdel Moneim Aboul Fotouh, formerly affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood, and Amr Moussa, Egypt’s former Minister of Foreign Affairs and Secretary-General of the Arab League, as frontrunners.

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First appeared in Common Ground News Service, May 2012 as

Egyptians head to the polls, rethink religion and politics